On August 12, 2019, sports website The Ringer announced that it would be unionizing its staff.
However, Barstool Sports President David Portnoy was not impressed. Portnoy mocked The Ringer’s decision to unionize.
He stated the following:
Listen I’m sure there are reasons for Unions to exist in some companies. Like inhumane working conditions, bosses who get their jollys filming their employees dicks in the shower, bosses who makes girls cry, fat pens etc. But for the most part Unions are a fucking joke.
Portnoy then added that unions have outlived their original purpose and only serve to satisfy the whims of spoiled millenials:
Just crybaby millennials who think the world should be handed to them on a silver platter. That if you cry loud enough the world will hand you a cookie. Listen if you don’t like your job or don’t think you get paid enough than quit and go find a new one. If you are as good as you think you then your current employer will give you a raise to keep you or you’ll find a new job that gives you what you want. It’s simple Capitalism. Supply and demand.
This blog did not sit well with left-wing Twitter activists.
A writer for Live Science, Rafi Letzter, stirred controversy by trying to reach out to Barstool workers. He tweeted, “If you work for Barstool and want to have a private chat about the unionization process, how little power your boss has to stop you, and how you can leverage that power to make your life better: my DMs are open.”
If you work for Barstool and want to have a private chat about the unionization process, how little power your boss has to stop you, and how you can leverage that power to make your life better: my DMs are open.
— Rafi Letzter (@RafiLetzter) August 13, 2019
This prompted a firm response from Portnoy, in which he said “If you work for @barstoolsports and DM this man I will fire you on the spot.”
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2019
Andy Campbell, a senior writer for The Huffington Post, piled on the calls for unionization stating that “If you work for @barstoolsports your rights are under attack and you should organize to fight for them.”
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) August 13, 2019
The New York State Department of Labor also chimed in on this exchange declaring that “It is illegal to take any unfavorable action – including termination – against employees for union-related activities under the National Labor Relations Act. New York is a proud union state. We say no way, no how to intimidation, threats and union busting.”
It is illegal to take any unfavorable action – including termination – against employees for union-related activities under the National Labor Relations Act.
New York is a proud union state. We say no way, no how to intimidation, threats and union busting. https://t.co/r71he7K2kl
— NYS Dept of Labor (@NYSLabor) August 13, 2019
Barstool Sports was founded in Boston, but is currently headquartered in New York City.
Soon, this Twitter exchange ended up drawing freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the mix. She declared that “If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued, in your words, “on the spot.” ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions. See @NLRB &union orgs like @AFLCIO for tips.”
If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, “on the spot.”
ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 13, 2019
So far, Portnoy has not given into the pressure and has maintained a firm stance in not unionizing his employees.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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